Thinking of applying to school in the United States? Here are some tips!


Undergraduate Applications:

Applying to universities in the United States for undergraduate admissions is much different than applying to Canadian universities. You may be surprised to see the number of requirements that some universities have. It is suggested that students begin approaching the process to study in the United States in Grade 11, but the earlier you start thinking about it the better! The major differences that you will find:

1. U.S. universities review all your grades between Grades 9-12.

2. AP courses, IB programs, and any other special high school programs make a big, positive impact.

3. Holistic application process: everything outside of your coursework is evaluated, including clubs, work, volunteer, athletics, music, etc.

4. Expect to submit many essays and writing supplements.

5. As an international student, funding will be an important consideration. The majority of the scholarships you will find will be at the university that you apply to, so make sure to prioritize this during the search process.

All U.S. universities will have their own unique admissions process. Go to the website of the university that you are interested in and go to their "Admissions" page to determine admissions requirements. Make sure to view "International Admissions" to see exactly what you need to submit, as it may be different from domestic applicants.

All universities will require:

-An Application

- More than 750 universities use the Common Application, but most schools do not use it. You may fill out the Coalition Application, the Universal Application, or an application that is unique only to the one university or university system that you are applying to.

-Official Transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended (Even if for just one course)

Many universities will require:

-Standardized tests

- SAT or ACT exams are often required

- SAT II Subject Tests are often recommended for the most competitive admissions processes

- TOEFL is required for any non-native English speakers

- Between 1-3 recommendation letters from your teachers and guidance counsellor

- Personal essay(s)

- Financial Affidavit

Optional Attachments:

- Resume

- Personal website

- Art, videos, online projects

For artists and performers:

- Audition or portfolio

This information was provided by EducationUSA. To contact your advisor in Canada, visit

Modified on November 02, 2017

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